Legal Information Management and Analysis, MS/JD Collaborative Agreement

Through a collaboration between the Department of Library and Information Studies and the School of Law, you can earn two degrees: a master of science degree (MS) and a doctor of law (JD) degree, both in information and library science. This collaboration agreement provides training in information studies and law, essential for advancement in the profession of academic law librarianship, and prepares you for new opportunities in publishing and the legal information industry.

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Why Legal Information Management and Analysis at UB?

The features of this collaboration agreement include:

  • accelerated course of study, allowing for the completion of both degrees in four years, rather than the four and a half to five years traditionally required to earn both degrees individually
  • accreditation by the American Library Association, which makes your degree more valuable
  • flexibility with course delivery options (on campus, online or hybrid); enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and varied course times (evening classes available)
  • practica, special projects and directed study courses to gain real-world experience
  • student-centered learning experiences including student groups and chapter activities, departmental seminars, and opportunities to serve on committees to enrich learning and networking

Program Overview

Academic credentials granted Master of Science/Doctor of Law (MS/JD)
Credits required for completion 36
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery options On campus, online or hybrid
Careers Examples include:
  • law librarians
  • legal information professionals
Application deadline Rolling admissions

Program Coursework

Course Requirements

You must fulfill the course requirements for both the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) and the Law School.

All MS/JD students are required to take Law Library Administration (cross-listed in LIS and the Law School).

JD candidates, as part of their Law School program, are strongly encouraged to take a broad variety of courses to become familiar with a range of legal information.

University policy requires that the total shared credit towards the MS and JD degrees does not exceed 13 credit hours.

LIS: The MS degree is awarded on the completion of 36 credit hours, 9 attributable to core required courses. LIS will accept a maximum of 6 credits from another graduate department or school toward the MS. Each student must file a correct plan of study with the LIS office before being eligible for graduation.

Law School: The JD degree is awarded on the completion of 90 credit hours, 31.5 in the core first-year program. The remaining 58.5 credits are earned through required upper division writing and skills courses, along with electives and at least one seminar. The Law School will accept up to 9 hours of law-related graduate courses in other departments toward the JD degree.

Program Sequence

The sequence of the first two years may be reversed.

  • Year 1: Law School (31.5 credits: core program)
  • Year 2: LIS (24 credits)
  • Year 3: Law School (28.5 credits; includes 1 or 2 LIS or cross-listed courses)
  • Year 4: Law School (30 credits; includes 1 or 2 LIS or cross-listed courses)

Faculty

Application Requirements

Apply to Both Schools

Separate applications must be submitted and you must be admitted to the School of Law as well as the Graduate School of Education Department of Library and Information Studies. Follow the normal admissions procedure for each unit.

You can apply to both schools at the same time; or, if you are already admitted to the JD or the MS program, you can apply for the dual major during your first year and seek admission to the other school.

Applying to the Department of Library and Information Studies

You must have received an undergraduate bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better by the intended beginning semester. Applications with lower GPA’s may still be considered and granted a “conditional admission” (see below for more information). 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam or MAT scores, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of Education and Career Goals: A detailed statement describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the information and library studies field. Include your professional goals and objectives and indicate any area of special interest within the field.

Conditional Admission Status

You may be admitted conditionally to this program even if you don't meet all admissions requirements (most often because of an undergraduate GPA below 3.0) but your personal statements, transcripts, employment history and letters of reference demonstrate potential for success. At the end of the semester in which you have attempted 12 credit hours in the program, your academic standing will be reviewed by a member of the LIS staff.

At the time of the review, if you meet all the conditions of good academic standing and have no incomplete or unsatisfactory grades, conditional status is automatically lifted and you are considered to be in good academic standing.

* The only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (such as the GRE or MAT) for our program is one of the following:

  1. If you already have a master’s degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or
  2. If you already have a PhD or equivalent (e.g., EdD or JD)

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test. 
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Financial documentation – International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.